China Readings for January 3rd

  • 广东镇干部投“断肠草”毒死人大代表被刑拘_新闻_腾讯网 – One Guangdong official murders another by poisoning his cat hot pot. The cat poison cadre has been arrested.
    据《南方日报》报道 记者1日从广东阳春市公安局了解到,在广东省公安厅及阳江市公安局的指导下,去年12月23日省人大代表龙利源疑似中毒死亡原因初步查明,一同吃猫肉中毒者、阳春市八甲镇农办副主任黄光涉嫌因为经济纠纷投毒致死龙利源,目前犯罪嫌疑人黄光已被刑事拘留。
  • 中国选举与治理网-相关阅读 – a selection of Gao Hua's essays
  • 推动广播影视大发展大繁荣_第01期_求是理论网 – head of SARFT Cai Fuchao has essay in seeking truth on building prosperous broadcast industry
  • 加快建设中国特色社会主义法治政府_第01期_求是理论网 – 来源:《求是》   作者:马 凯
  • 《求是》刊文谈国内道德状况 称总体上进步向善_新闻中心_新浪网 – Seeking Truth also has article on state of morality in China

    在我国社会生产生活方式日益变革的大背景下,包括道德在内的社会意识形式,出现了前所未有的多元、多样、多变的复杂情况。当前人们关注的一个焦点,是应该怎样评价我国现阶段的社会道德状况,道德总体上是进步的,还是退步的?这个问题已经超出单纯道德评价的范畴,涉及对中国特色社会主义总体成就的评价,需要进行深入的分析。

  • China Academy of Social Sciences launches english site – On December the 31st of 2011, a ceremony was held to celebrate the English Channel going online for the first time and the first anniversary of the CASS website going online.
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  • WTF? (What the Fawkes?) » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union – I had gone to court to listen to our legal team argue a case to protect the First Amendment rights of our client, Twitter user @p0isAn0n, aka Guido Fawkes. That user, who wishes to remain anonymous throughout the proceedings, was the target of a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney’s administrative subpoena to Twitter, dated December 14, 2011. As we wrote last week, the subpoena asked Twitter to hand over @p0isAn0n’s subscriber information, including our client’s IP address, which can be used to help track down someone’s physical residence.

    The subpoena stated that it was seeking the above and other information — some of it referencing Occupy Boston — as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. The government also asked Twitter to keep the existence of the subpoena secret. Thankfully, Twitter disregarded the request for secrecy and sent @p0isAn0n a copy of the subpoena, whereupon it was promptly uploaded to the internet for the world to see.

  • The Partnership – Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – By Philip Taubman – Book Review – NYTimes.com – All this may be awful news, but Taubman’s thought-provoking book offers sober reason for some optimism too. He points out the long list of states that have given up on their nuclear ambitions, including Brazil, South Africa, South Korea and Libya. The United States and Russia have substantially cut their arsenals since the end of the cold war, although they could do much more. Obama won a hard fight to ratify the New Start treaty with Russia. Taubman shrewdly argues that “the United States is left with an overwhelmingly powerful arsenal of weapons for which there is no obvious target, and a deterrence strategy that lacks credibility.” Still, so long as the likes of Vladimir V. Putin and Hu Jintao indulge the likes of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Kim Jong-il, these hopeful visions of disarmament may have to wait until the day after it is too late.
  • US investigation into assets abroad affects overseas Chinese – People’s Daily Online – Foreign media reported on Dec. 26 that the U.S. government is stepping up the investigation into U.S. citizens’ overseas accounts and assets. Once assets are found hiding abroad, the owner will be severely punished. Experts said that this move of U.S. administration will greatly affect overseas Chinese.
  • India complains to Beijing over treatment of diplomat – Yahoo! News – NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India's foreign ministry complained to Beijing at a high level Monday, saying a diplomat was denied medicine to control severe diabetes and collapsed while offering consular assistance to two Indian citizens on trial in China's Yiwu city.
    The diplomat, S. Balachandran from the consulate in Shanghai, was not allowed to leave the courtroom to treat his diabetes during a hearing that lasted for five hours. He then collapsed and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said an Indian government source who declined to be named.
  • PLA’s January Surprises | Flashpoints – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army traditionally reserves its most dramatic moves for a date early in the new year that has important symbolic meaning for China. “The Chinese have an obsession with what for them is Jan. 11," says Owen Cote, Jr., a naval analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, 2010 and again in 2011, the PLA tested new military capabilities on that date. Western experts expect another major weapons test on January 11, 2012.
  • The Wukan Protests – Because Something Is Happening Here But You Don’t Know What It Is | China Law & Policy – The tale of Wukan village is not an uncommon one in China. Rural farmland is constantly taken by corrupt village officials for real estate development and the villagers – the owners of the land through the collective – receive little to any compensation. For certain Wukan’s story is a little different from other run-of-the-mill land taking protests: the length of the protests (close to three months), the unity of the group (close to 20,000 villagers), the complete expulsion of the Chinese government from the village, the death of a protest representative in police custody, and the attention from the western media distinguishes Wukan from other taking protests.

    But now that it appears that the villagers and the provincial government have reached some sort of agreement, has Wukan ended differently from other protests?

    Some China watchers have argued that it has and see Wukan as the general populace’s deepening understanding of its rights under the law and its willingness to fight for those rights (see here and here). But given the discriminatory structure of China’s Real Property Rights Law (“the PRL”) and the Land Administration Law (“the LAL”), one hopes that these villagers are not really fighting for their rights under the law as it stands now. As Prof. Eva Pils points out in “Waste No Land: Property, Dignity and Growth in Urbanizing China”, China’s property laws have been written specifically to render villagers into “second class property rights holders” and permit their land to be legally taken for urban development. The below summarizes much of the article and views the Wukan protest in light of Prof. Pils’ analysis.

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  • WTF? (What the Fawkes?) » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union – I had gone to court to listen to our legal team argue a case to protect the First Amendment rights of our client, Twitter user @p0isAn0n, aka Guido Fawkes. That user, who wishes to remain anonymous throughout the proceedings, was the target of a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney’s administrative subpoena to Twitter, dated December 14, 2011. As we wrote last week, the subpoena asked Twitter to hand over @p0isAn0n’s subscriber information, including our client’s IP address, which can be used to help track down someone’s physical residence.

    The subpoena stated that it was seeking the above and other information — some of it referencing Occupy Boston — as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. The government also asked Twitter to keep the existence of the subpoena secret. Thankfully, Twitter disregarded the request for secrecy and sent @p0isAn0n a copy of the subpoena, whereupon it was promptly uploaded to the internet for the world to see.

  • The Partnership – Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – By Philip Taubman – Book Review – NYTimes.com – All this may be awful news, but Taubman’s thought-provoking book offers sober reason for some optimism too. He points out the long list of states that have given up on their nuclear ambitions, including Brazil, South Africa, South Korea and Libya. The United States and Russia have substantially cut their arsenals since the end of the cold war, although they could do much more. Obama won a hard fight to ratify the New Start treaty with Russia. Taubman shrewdly argues that “the United States is left with an overwhelmingly powerful arsenal of weapons for which there is no obvious target, and a deterrence strategy that lacks credibility.” Still, so long as the likes of Vladimir V. Putin and Hu Jintao indulge the likes of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Kim Jong-il, these hopeful visions of disarmament may have to wait until the day after it is too late.
  • US investigation into assets abroad affects overseas Chinese – People’s Daily Online – Foreign media reported on Dec. 26 that the U.S. government is stepping up the investigation into U.S. citizens’ overseas accounts and assets. Once assets are found hiding abroad, the owner will be severely punished. Experts said that this move of U.S. administration will greatly affect overseas Chinese.
  • India complains to Beijing over treatment of diplomat – Yahoo! News – NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India's foreign ministry complained to Beijing at a high level Monday, saying a diplomat was denied medicine to control severe diabetes and collapsed while offering consular assistance to two Indian citizens on trial in China's Yiwu city.
    The diplomat, S. Balachandran from the consulate in Shanghai, was not allowed to leave the courtroom to treat his diabetes during a hearing that lasted for five hours. He then collapsed and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said an Indian government source who declined to be named.
  • PLA’s January Surprises | Flashpoints – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army traditionally reserves its most dramatic moves for a date early in the new year that has important symbolic meaning for China. “The Chinese have an obsession with what for them is Jan. 11," says Owen Cote, Jr., a naval analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, 2010 and again in 2011, the PLA tested new military capabilities on that date. Western experts expect another major weapons test on January 11, 2012.
  • The Wukan Protests – Because Something Is Happening Here But You Don’t Know What It Is | China Law & Policy – The tale of Wukan village is not an uncommon one in China. Rural farmland is constantly taken by corrupt village officials for real estate development and the villagers – the owners of the land through the collective – receive little to any compensation. For certain Wukan’s story is a little different from other run-of-the-mill land taking protests: the length of the protests (close to three months), the unity of the group (close to 20,000 villagers), the complete expulsion of the Chinese government from the village, the death of a protest representative in police custody, and the attention from the western media distinguishes Wukan from other taking protests.

    But now that it appears that the villagers and the provincial government have reached some sort of agreement, has Wukan ended differently from other protests?

    Some China watchers have argued that it has and see Wukan as the general populace’s deepening understanding of its rights under the law and its willingness to fight for those rights (see here and here). But given the discriminatory structure of China’s Real Property Rights Law (“the PRL”) and the Land Administration Law (“the LAL”), one hopes that these villagers are not really fighting for their rights under the law as it stands now. As Prof. Eva Pils points out in “Waste No Land: Property, Dignity and Growth in Urbanizing China”, China’s property laws have been written specifically to render villagers into “second class property rights holders” and permit their land to be legally taken for urban development. The below summarizes much of the article and views the Wukan protest in light of Prof. Pils’ analysis.

  • How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History | Threat Level | Wired.com – In this case, the exploit allowed the virus to cleverly spread from one computer to another via infected USB sticks. The vulnerability was in the LNK file of Windows Explorer, a fundamental component of Microsoft Windows. When an infected USB stick was inserted into a computer, as Explorer automatically scanned the contents of the stick, the exploit code awakened and surreptitiously dropped a large, partially encrypted file onto the computer, like a military transport plane dropping camouflaged soldiers into target territory.
  • CHINAVISION MEDIA GROUP LIMITED-Top-class movie &TV drama production, traditional media and mobile wireless new media operations – 文化中国传播集团 ChinaVision Media Group Limited (01060.HK) is an integrated cultural corporation with business focus on TV and film production, print media and mobile new media. By adhering to Chinese cultural tradition, ChinaVision, backed with powerful capital strength, advanced operation model and sound group management, will strive to be an international influential media group.

    The Group has built full range of business structure in China’s culture industry and established a series of film and TV companies such as Zhonglian Jinghua, specializing in film and TV production and distribution, art broker, and documentary distribution. The Group owns popular screenwriter Haiyan’s drama companies-Zhongshen Qianli to maintain Hanyan brand, holds noted film and TV producer and issuer-Xi’an Jing Ding. Up to now, the group has been investing in and distributing plenty of outstanding films and TV episodes such as "Let the bullets fly", "Lan"," Jiandang Weiye ", "Underdog Knight II", "My own swordsman", "Dujia Pilu”, “Zhizhe Wudi” etc.

    ChinaVision and China Film Group build up strategic co-operation relationship. Two parties will co-initiate young directors plan and shoot many excellent films such as " Jiandang Weiye ". Group Art Commission comprises many famous playwright, director and movie/TV artists. Meanwhile, the group keeps close co-operation with many stars at home and abroad. ChinaVision Tongda Culture Co. Ltd, affiliated to ChinaVision, specializes in TV brand packaging service by use of world top technology Vizrt.  

    In print media, the group ties the knot with People’s Daily to co-manage Beijing’s biggest morning newspaper-Beijing Times

  • ChinaVision Management – ChinaVision Management (01060.hk)-CEO Cui Bin 崔斌 appears 2b near center of CCTV extortion of Davinci. could be trouble 4 him in beijing & hk
  • 南北车再次收到铁道部还款 总还款额达500亿 – 经济观察网 - 专业财经新闻网站
  • 坚定不移走中国特色社会主义文化发展道路<br>努力建设社会主义文化强国_重要文章_求是理论网 – 时间:2012年01月01日 09时00分   来源:《求是》   作者:胡锦涛

    Culture campaign spawned by 6th Plenum is just getting started

  • Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’ – Yahoo! News – Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that "hostile" powers are seeking to "Westernise" the country and called for greater efforts to enhance China's cultural influence overseas.
    Hu's remarks published in the latest edition of Communist Party magazine Seeking the Truth come after Beijing ordered the culture industry — taken to include the media — to lift its game as China pushes its "soft power" abroad.
  • MNI | China PBOC’s Zhou Says Yuan Nearing Equilibrium Level
  • Crowd fights Chinese police at mosque demolition – Yahoo! News – A crowd of Muslims fought with police who demolished a mosque in China's northwest, a police employee and a human rights group said Monday.
    The violence erupted Friday in Hexi, a town in the Ningxia region, after the mosque was declared an "illegal religious place" and about 1,000 officers arrived to demolish it, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said.
  • China’s Growing Meat Consumption is Driving Corn Imports and Creating a New Strategic Dependency | China SignPost™ 洞察中国
  • William Farris – Google+ – China’s Internet Censorship Year-In-Review 2011: Part 5 -…
  • The Hindu : Arts / Magazine : The fallen god – Mao's successes and failures are triggering a new debate as China re-examines its political past, and plots its political futur
  • In China, the Grievances Keep Coming – NYTimes.com – yu hua and the parallel justice system

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